• Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always…
  • 1 Peter 1:6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
  • 1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Paul told the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord always. He told them this twice to emphasize the need to rejoice. Rejoicing is a command. If we want to submit to the Lord, we will choose to rejoice. It changes our perspective and keeps us in a position of victory. It changes what comes out of our mouths and puts the right spiritual force to work. In adverse circumstances, we need to crucify our flesh to rejoice.

We can be glad and rejoice in Him (Psalm 9:2). We can trust in His unfailing love and our hearts can rejoice in His salvation (Psalm 13:5). The righteous can rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him (Psalm 64:10). We are to rejoice in the Lord and be glad (Psalm 32:11). We can rejoice at His Word and in His promises (Psalm 119:14, 162). So let us rejoice!

How and when to rejoice:
  1. Rejoice all day long. Psalm 89:16 states: “They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.”
  2. Crucify your flesh and make it rejoice even in the midst of affliction. Keep your eyes on God. Psalm 34:2 states: “I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.” Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  3. Our hearts are to rejoice in God our Savior because of our trust in Him. Psalm 33:21 states: “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”
  4. Rejoice even in the midst of persecution. Matthew 5:12 states: “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
  5. Delight in the Lord and rejoice. Isaiah 61:10 states: “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Praise and worship Him.

Call to action:
Be mindful this week of your mindset and your emotions. Crucify your flesh to make it obedient to the Word and rejoice.